“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
I believe Eleanor Roosevelt said it best in the quote above to “do one thing that scares you daily”. But why must one do that? How will it benefit you and why should you care?
As many of you may know I am in the business of talent and human capitol. This is our most valuable asset when it comes to the growth and development of organizations. From a personal view point I have sat in many an office and had to weather through the myriad of resumes and interview results to determine who may be the best fit, who would grow our organization to the next level? Is it the individual with the impeccable resume and skill set, or what about the candidate with the best social skills and proper motivation, or better yet the candidate that may have both. Maybe we have a lunch or a dinner and we get to see the personal skills at work such as discussed in Shannon (Stubo) Brayton’s LinkedIn article. However, what all of these fail to show is the performance of the candidate. One may have an extraordinarily rough day in reference to Shannon’s article and be late to lunch, but has otherwise never been late to anything for many years previously. Or what about the hidden performance behaviors we cannot observe from a lunch (as the candidate is on their best behavior). I had a previous leader explain to me many years ago, push someone to their limits and you will see how they truly perform. Unfortunately by this time you most likely have already invested time, money and energy into a candidate who you find performs for the long term, poorly. Now what?
So what if you could take the guess work out of it and know how to select the right candidate every time? Well first you must overcome your fear to select the right candidate. What I mean by that is time and again I have met with organizations that select poorly, but are simply afraid to change. Why? Well there are a multitude of reasons, but the short answer is they have always done it this way so why change? Now if I told you, you were going to get hit over the head every time you walked in the front entrance of your office would you tell me “it’s ok, I’m used to it?” Of course not! You would find a better way, ie; a safer entrance, a better strategy. So why would you maintain the status quo with your hiring if the results are mediocre? What if you have utilized the system yet somehow fallen back into old patterns? Its ok, you CAN take the right steps today. Again, though I say you MUST overcome your Fears.
Fear can be a powerful emotion that we either succumb to or grow from.
So how do you lead your fears? You use them as the catalyst to help improve your situation, organization, life. Everyone has fears, this is natural it is what you do with your fears that make the difference in your results. Instead of succumbing to them let them be the guide that helps you make better more informed decisions. If you want to hire right you have to step out of your fears and try something new. So are you ready to LEAD your fears?
Go Forward! ~ Nicole Riera, Director of Talent Acquisition, Midwest Region